Photograph by Christopher Heather

McClarey Statue in Charleston, Illinois

These life-size bronze figures depict the fourth debate between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas held September 18, 1858. Illinois sculptor John McClarey arranged the figures to face each other across a metaphorical divide. He says they represent the chasm of the "House Divided," with both men considering the country's split over slavery and its extension.

The statues form a gateway to the Lincoln-Douglas Debate Museum, dedicated in September 2001 to mark the 143rd anniversary of the Charleston debate.

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